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  1. colinthefox

    Armstrong lever shockers. New oil seals

    The Armstrong lever shock absorbers on my Karrier Bantam truck have been leaking tiny amounts of oil around the spindles for years. I have been moving building materials with it, and the leaks had got to the point where I felt I had to do something. The units were fine apart from the leak, with...
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    Staying Cool

    Took the van to South Wales at the weekend to meet up with the family. All went well except the fridge wouldn't work at all. Not good for beery evenings. Both the elements were OK but no cooling at all. A tip I picked up from "the dark side" is to take the fridge out and turn it upside down for...
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    Welding lessons

    The hinge for the back seat on my old Volvo 850 got detached from the inner wing, and the seat back is the seat belt anchorage, so a small repair was needed. Soooo......................... On removing the plastic wheel arch "protector", there was 22 years of damp muck behind it which had of...
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    Changing an air filter.

    If you've got 5 mins of your life you don't want back, watch this perfectly serious video of how to change the air filter on a BMW 118D. It will make you laugh. That's why I posted it in the commerdy section. The bit we're interested in is from 2mins 26 onwards. Link to video He didn't have the...
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    What's lurking under the garden?

    Found this under the back garden today.
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    Replacement master cylinder (and other nuisance springs)

    I'm sure many of us are aware what a PITA it is replacing a master cylinder, mainly due to the pedal return spring working against you all the time. So, I just done my clutch slave, and here's my top tip for the job................... Compress the spring in a vice, and secure with a couple...
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    Another oil drum project

    I needed a dust extract for my bandsaw. My old extract was one of those with a polythene bag and a bag filter on top. It used to fill the workshop with the finest dust that got through the filter. So I cadged an empty oil drum off the local garage, as the basis for a cyclone. Step aside Mr...
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    Diff oil seal. Can anyone shed light please...

    I want to change my diff oil seal on a standard back axle (as far as i know) because it is leaking. I can't think why I didn't change it when I had the axle out. I have here a 9102107 from Speedy Spares, which has a size marking embossed on it of 2.75 housing, 1.68 shaft, 0.50 thickness. I have...
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    Show us yer garage.

    Well, seeing as you asked............ Four years ago we bought a house with a semi-derelict barn. The roof was falling in and it had an earth floor. You can see the main roof timbers broken at the lower purlins. Going in the barn was proper scary, even without Eddy. The rest of the...
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    Meet Eddy..............

    ......................the Eagle. He hovers just inside my barn door to deter small birds from flying in. He's made out of thin scrap aluminium sheet, and rotates and flaps his wings (sort of) in the breeze. He doesn't look very real to me, but the little birdies do seem wary of him!;) So far...
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    Do your own tracking.

    I've been checking my own tracking for years. I noticed a very slight feathering on both front tyres today, so brought out the home made jig. The jig is made out of scrap planks screwed and glued into C shape like this........... There's a long countersunk screw in the end of each arm like...
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    Exmoor

    Popped out today to Exmoor in the van. Just a day out to give it a good run and have a yomp ourselves. I had forgotten just how pretty Exmoor is. Lovely villages, great walks, deep valleys. Stopped at Dunkery Beacon for a cuppa before heading home. Looooooooooooooong steep hill down from...
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    Diesel Spacevan

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/dodge-commer-diesel-spacevan-camper-classic-van-project-barn-find-vw-citron-/262872707611?hash=item3d346f321b:g:-XkAAOSwWxNYtD8g Bit hopeful on price, but a do-able van.
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    Hillman hunter

    Sorry I've not been on here for a couple of weeks.:oops: Been Hillman hunting. Shot this one....................... and this one................... Didn't shoot the driver though. He may have been dead already. Got chased by this one........................ Managed to shoot it before...
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    Karrier Bantam Fun

    The Karrier is using a litre of oil with every tankful of diesel.........................time to have a look at the engine I think. First though, the cab mats were a disgrace, so I bought some chequer plate style rubber matting and made some nice new mats while the seats were out. Might...
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    Starring roll.

    Se what I did there?:) A couple of weeks ago, I went to a secret location to film the airport scenes for "The Crown series 2" on Netflix with the Karrier Bantam. It was supposed to be the airport baggage carrier, and I got to drive my little truck "in shot" as they say in the business. The...
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    Dorset coast again

    So last friday we decided that Fish and Chips was needed. Saturday we set off for West Bay in Dorset. That's where the bikers go for their fish'n'chips. (Those who aren't in Matlock Bath anyway) Parked in a small site on top of the cliff at Eype (pronounced Eep) a mile west of West Bay. Walked...
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    Wanderer in Ireland

    https://www.gumtree.com/p/campervans-motorhomes/1975-commer-wanderer-camper-van-with-mot-road-tax-is-free/1170933837
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    Seat covers

    Now I've had my seats reupholstered, I have the old covers going spare. The drivers seat is pretty poor, but the back is useable with a couple of minor tears behind where you don't see them. But the passenger seat and back are quite useable, again with a mended tear at the back...
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    Chough Hunting

    As my house insurance would be invalid if I posted on here when we were going to be away from home, well now we're back home I can safely say we've been away............ We were missing my favourite part of the world, so on Thursday nice and early we drove down to West Cornwall, via some...
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